THE MISSIONARY MEMORIAL.
"WHAT SOUGHT THEY THIS AFAR?
BRIGHT JEWELS OF THE MINE?
THE WEALTH OF SEAS, THE SPOILS OF WAR?-
THEY SOUGHT A FAITH'S PURE SHRINE!"
E. WALKER, 114 FULTON STREET
M DCCC XLVIII
In 1845, Edward Walker assembled Christ's Messengers, a collection of writings concerning missions or, as he called it, "the moral conquest of the globe." To see the book's elaborate cover design, as published in 1848, click here.
Illustrations in Christ's Messengers featured "Baxter's new process of printing in oil colors." For an example of that technique used to portray a "small building devoted to the accommodation of travellers in India," click here.
For Walker's preface, click on the links below:
The variety of contributions to Christ's Messengers stretches the notion of missionary activity. To survey the table of contents, click on the links below:
As if to indicate the extraordinary breadth of his enterprise, Walker included work by John Greenleaf Whittier, James Russell Lowell, and Edgar Allan Poe. To read Poe's poem, "The Lake," click here.
In the article "Burmah" on p. 107, the Rev. Eugenio Kincaid mentioned handing a man a copy of Joshua Marshman's Chinese translation of the Gospel of John in 1837.
John Overton Choules wrote the article of most interest to Carey scholars: "The Missionary a Contributor to Science and Literature." Choules was born in Bristol, England in 1801 and held a succession of pastorates in Massachusetts and New York. He wrote A History of Missions in 1832 and was, for a time, editor of the Boston Christian Times. In 1844 he contributed an introduction to Daniel Neal's History of the Puritans. In the 1850s Choules shared an ocean-going vacation with Cornelius Vanderbilt. A letter by Choules is housed at the University of Virginia.
Choules relied upon the Periodical Accounts of the Baptist Missionary Society and other publications for his account of Carey as scientist and literary figure. Choules noted on p. 335 that Carey's botanical colleague, William Roxburgh, named the Saul tree Careya aborea.
To see Choules' article, which affords Carey great prominence, click on the links below.
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Created: January 25, 2001 Updated: September 17, 2001.